Tech Bio-Analytical Instr Sr.- Marlborough, Massachusetts - Monday to Friday
The Bio-Analytical Instrument Technician I (“BAIT I”) is a non-exempt position reporting to the Bioanalytical Instrument Supervisor. BAIT I responds to internal instrument performance issues and is accountable for working independently with minimal supervision. The position requires strong communication skills both verbal and written plus the technical skills to accomplish job duties as defined below.
• The BAIT I supports laboratory instrument and integrated laboratory robotics performance by responding to performance issues and malfunctions – investigates performance complaints, repairs, and verifies repairs.
• May be involved in any part of the instrument lifecycle from new installation to decommissioning.
• Understanding and performing each of the overall work-flow groups of instrument support are:
New Installation – Performing or assisting new instrument installation.
Repair – verify complaint, investigate, repair, and verify repair in accordance with standard operating procedures and manufacturers specifications.
Preventative Maintenance (“PM”) – Perform or assist PM process.
Calibration of instruments
Method development – Able to write methods to test function and instrument performance.
Software support – firmware upgrades, operating system upgrades, and instrument software upgrades or modifications.
• Understanding of Laboratory Automation including: Liquid Handlers, Robotic Integration, LIMS, various sample analysis instrumentation, and other supporting tube and plate-based technologies.
• Perform experiments and suitability tests to evaluate the potential use of new laboratory instruments.
• Ensure appropriate documentation is in place and maintain documentation to comply with guidelines of inspection agencies and quality management system.
• Maintain a high level of competency and understanding of instrumentation expertise (i.e., reading related articles, attending workshops, in-house lectures, work groups, and topic related training conferences).
• Maintains inventory of critical parts and other supplies for instrumentation.
• Assist in special projects from the supervisor or other department managers and/or directors as needed.
• Demonstrate initiative in making suggestions to improve efficiency and productivity and provides consistent feedback.
• Maintain compliance with all regulatory agency requirements through documentation, audits, and corrective action.
• Works overtime to ensure repair of critical instrumentation.
• BA/ BS degree or above (in biological sciences, bioengineering, or computer science) from an accredited college or university with at least two (2) years of laboratory experience is preferred or a high school diploma with a minimum of ten (10) years of laboratory experience is required.
• The successful candidate will have overlapping experience in each of the areas: Life Sciences (i.e., biology, chemistry, biochemistry), Bioengineering (i.e., robotics, biological application of instrumentation), and computer science (i.e., bioinformatics, laboratory information management, lab automation command and control software).
• Strong computer skills or computer science training – Understands networking communications, data management, scripting, and high-level programming languages.
• Lifts light to moderately heavy objects. The normal performance of duties may require lifting and carrying objects. Objects in the weight range of 1 to 10 pounds are lifted and carried frequently; objects in the weight range of 11 to 25 pounds are lifted and carried occasionally and objects in the weight range of 26 to 50 pounds are seldom lifted and carried. Objects exceeding 50 pounds are not to be lifted or carried without assistance.
• Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time and requires long hours of eye and hand coordination.
• Must be able to work in a fast paced, multi-tasking environment and maintain production and quality standards determined by the department.
• Must be able to work in a biohazard environment and comply with safety policies and procedures outlined in the Environmental Health & Safety Manual.